Latest News – September 20
Goodbye 80461 – Henry Retires from Post Office
“So, Hon there’s only one choice: it’s $6.35.” says Henry Chalkley, Leadville postal clerk as he weighs out one of the final packages of his 25-year career last Wednesday, Sept. 16.
And it just might be that unmistakable Alabama accent that could warm even the coldest Leadville winter day, that Lake County residents may miss the most as Henry checks out of the 80461 zip code, for a little while.
“I’m going to go back (to Alabama),” explains Chalkley. “I’m definitely going to spend a Christmas with family, which I haven’t done in 25 years.” After all, working at the post office you don’t get but one day off during the month of December – Christmas Day.
Chalkley’s official retirement begins at the end of this month, however his last day was September 16 as he took advantage of accrued paid time off. So, if you don’t see him behind the counter, that’s why!
But not to worry, Henry will “be back and getting in everybody’s way,” sometime next Spring. Leadville is where Chalkley spent 15 of his 25 years as a postal worker. And while he couldn’t recall a 80461 “postal” story – which almost seemed hard to believe – he will fondly remember the Leadville Preschool kids from The Center who tour the Leadville postal office every year.
I’ve enjoyed watching the kids grow up,” says Henry fondly. “Now, some of them have already left and gone off to college.” And now that he’s retired Henry will have a “chance to catch up with the family, see all the little nieces and nephews I haven’t seen.”
All the best – enjoy your retirement, Henry! And thanks for all the letters, packages and forever stamps you’ve helped all the 80461-ers with over the years.